two recent(ish) crime shorts

Crime fiction! Both available online.

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“Random Blonde”

I’ve been bitter a long time. It’s like sucking a wedge of lemon on and on and on, pulp disintegrating, everything dissolving until the flavor turns mellow and mild, almost sweet…

read Random Blonde

& “Is a Goodboy”

“Huck is a gooddog. Huck is suchagooddog. Have his people forgotten whatagooddog Huck is?”

read “Is a Goodboy”

“lovely young losers” in Urban Crime

flame tree_urban crime.jpgMy Vancouver noir tale “Lovely Young Losers” is out in the Urban Crime volume of the Flame Tree Gothic series. These are gorgeous books. Hardcover, soft pages, gilded and embossed…serious artifact porn.

Flame Tree has posted a couple mini interviews with contributors about the story and the genre, in which I mention the different flavours of cities, and confess to loving a good Murder Squad.

Urban Crime author Q&A part 1

Urban Crime author Q&A part 2

“the dead man’s dog” out in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine

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Very happy to say the January/February 2019 issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine includes my story “The Dead Man’s Dog.”

This one features an underworld crime scene cleaner who has trouble connecting with her fellow humans but finds her world changed the day a dead man’s dog unexpectedly follows her home from a job.

Full table of contents here.

“because reasons” in audio at Asimov’s

asimovs_because reasonsThe tail end of 2018 wriggled away from me like a tail off one of countless chameleons my sister and I spent hours chasing through our sweaty Austin childhood. I finally got a moment to listen to the Asimov’s magazine October podcast double issue, which opens with a sweet short piece by William Ledbetter, then (at precisely 8 minutes in) has my listicle story “Because Reasons” — as read by me. Relatively Texas-twang free!

permalink:  https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/asimovs/episodes/2018-10-30T06_49_55-07_00

film fests!

hplffsite_headerimages_pdx2017bEarlier this month, my out-of-time Hawai’i elder deity + i-heart-dogs story “The Eyes of Kaha’i” appeared in the official H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival program book and as a perk of their stunningly successful crowdfunding campaign launched from sunny Portland, Oregon (my other other home).  This week I’m in Austin, Texas for the Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference. With the city’s current water boil warnings in effect, all bets are off as to which bar you can find me in. Do come find me though, if you’re around. Really. Do.

“a good thing and a right thing”

Lost-Souls-Flame TreeAnother beautiful volume in the Gothic series. Includes my  story “A Good Thing and a Right Thing,” which first appeared a few years ago in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. If you’re interested in Scandinavian history, Norse gods, disappeared communities, blood sacrifice, the Poetic Edda, patriarchal violence, and/or possible psychic echoes reverberating across time and space, you might enjoy this one.

Micro interviews about “A Good Thing and a Right Thing” (alongside fascinating tidbits from other authors) PART ONE: story inspiration & PART TWO: favorite tales in the genre.

So. Much. Stuff.

It’s been a lovely sweltering summer in one of my homes-of-the-heart, Portland. Big sweaty hugs to all the friends and fellow writers who’ve hung out and about with Yours Truly. A quick recap of some recent short-story appearances I’ve neglected to mention in my zany madcap hurtle through 2018 so far:

asimovs_because reasonsMy *very* short story “Because Reasons” in Asimov’s (March/April, 2018, as Alexandra Renwick): That feeling of continued connection when someone you love goes far away, but knowing they’re alive in the world means you might see them again one day… unless you have an incurable degenerative bone condition, and they have a one-way ticket to Mars. (Un)Friends Forever!

cast of wonders_all them pretty babiesMy short story “All Them Pretty Babies” (as Alex C. Renwick) in AUDIO at Cast of Wonders: Who do we value, and who do we treat as disposable? A story about what “pretty” means, and those who gets to decide.

interzone 274

My story “baleen, baleen” in Interzone 274 (as Alexandra Renwick): Zeke just wants to make the world a better place, no matter how many times he has to drown himself to do it.

 

ahmm shallow sandMy dead-guy/ Miami Beach flash fiction “Shallow Sand” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (Jan/Feb 2018, written as Alex C. Renwick): this one’s about a dead guy. Also, Miami Beach. Written on site in Florida. Too much terrible fun.

 

banner itgo.pngMy short story “Making Happy” in the anthology If This Goes On: Political & social SF! My favey! Also, my first print appearance as Zandra Renwick…but as Alexandra Renwick, too (no apologies)! Huge thanks to editor Cat Rambo for inviting me to be one of her core authors, and thanks as well to publisher Colin Coyle for offering to make the anthology my first appearance as Zandra… and yes, there’s a story behind the name (and the name, and the name). Ask me at the bar (any bar…).

“Wonderband”!

Alice Unbound

includes Alexandra Renwick story “Wonderband”

 

Hear me read from my rock-n-roll Schrödinger’s birdie story “Wonderband” at the ALICE UNBOUND book launch this weekend at the 3 Brewers Pub on Sparks Street in downtown Ottawa.  This one imagines Alice in Wonderland‘s duck, eaglet, lory, and dodo as an indie rock band ready to rock it out against their nemeses, The Hearts, if only Duckie can win himself back into the good graces of the greatest lead singer in town: the enigmatic Gryphon.

I guess you can take the girl out of Austin, but you can never really take Austin out of the girl. . .